Grasshopper Jungle
published in 2015


Appropriate age:
Young Adult (age 15-18)
Reading level:
Grade 6
Genres: Fiction, Humor, Science Fiction
Subjects: Family, Friendship, Humor, Insects, Science, Spiders


Sixteen-year-old Austin Szerba has always filled notebooks with the histories of his family and the narrative of his daily life, but his story takes an epic, dangerous turn when he and his best friend, Robby, accidently bring about the end of humanity by unleashing an unstoppable army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises on their small Iowa hometown. While struggling with their own confusing love triangle, the boys piece together the origin of the unstoppable soldiers from stories that have been locked away in an absurd underground bunker for decades.